Olivia Taylor Dudley

Olivia Taylor Dudley

Olivia Taylor Dudley, a talented American actress, has made an indelible impact on various television projects, most notably as a key player in the TV series “The Magicians.” Her journey to recognition began with standout performances in episodes of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and the bone-chilling horror film “Chernobyl Diaries.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Olivia Taylor Dudley

Date of birth:

November 4, 1985

Zodiac sign:



Morro Bay, California, USA





Marital status:





5' 3" (1.6 m)


actress, producer

Early life

Born on November 4, 1985, in Morro Bay, California, Olivia Dudley was raised by her loving parents, Jim and Saundra Dudley. At a tender age of 5, her fascination with acting took root after being captivated by Steven Spielberg’s iconic film “Poltergeist,” igniting her passion for the entertainment industry. In 2002, she graduated from high school and boldly ventured to Los Angeles, determined to chase her acting dreams.


Olivia Dudley’s acting journey commenced at just 17 when she earned a role in an Adidas commercial. In 2007, she made her mark in “The Anna Nicole Smith Story” as a dancer, artfully portraying the life of the famous model and actress. Subsequently, she explored various television projects.

In 2012, Olivia attained a significant breakthrough with her prominent role in “Chernobyl Diaries,” starring alongside a talented ensemble cast. The film chronicles the harrowing journey of friends on a trip to Pripyat. The same year, her versatility shone through as she made memorable guest appearances on TV shows such as “The Mindy Project,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Arrested Development.”

Olivia Dudley became an integral member of the “5 Second Films” group, contributing to comedic videos and full-length comedies. Her passion extended to numerous short films, where she showcased her prowess as the lead in “The Man with the Iron Fists 3,” a gripping slasher film. Additionally, Olivia showcased her writing skills, crafting a script for “Uproxx Video,” and honed her expertise in special effects.

In the 2014 movie “Transcendence,” Olivia Taylor Dudley starred as Alice, a member of the revolutionary group RIFT, alongside Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman. Although the film received mixed reviews, Dudley’s performance was praised by critics for her compelling portrayal of Alice.

In 2015, Olivia embraced the horror genre, delivering captivating performances in leading roles. Her portrayal of Angela in the gripping thriller “The Vatican Tapes,” starring alongside Michael Peña, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Kathleen Robertson, and others, earned acclaim, particularly from “The New York Times.” Another milestone was her role as Skyler in the haunting horror film “Paranormal Activity 5: The Ghost Dimension.”

During the summer of 2015, Olivia Dudley’s career soared when she joined the fantasy TV series “The Magicians” as a regular cast member. Her versatility continued to shine through in multiple episodes of the drama series “Aquarius,” where she shared the screen with lead actor David Duchovny. In 2017, Olivia had the privilege of contributing to the HBO production series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Olivia Taylor Dudley Movies and TV Shows

  • 2019–...

    Nancy Drew

    Charity Hudson Dow

  • 2015–2020

    The Magicians

    Alice Quinn

  • 2015–2016


    Billie Gunderson

  • 2015

    The Vatican Tapes


  • 2015

    Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension


  • 2012–2013

    Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (episode “A Weekend in the Hamptons...”)


  • 2012

    Chernobyl Diaries


  • 2003–...

    Arrested Development (episode “It Gets Better”)


  • 2003–...

    NCIS (episode “Freedom”)

    Jancey Gilroy

  • 2002–2012

    CSI: Miami (episodes “Look Who’s Taunting”, “Dead Ringer”, “Rest in Pieces”)

    Elizabeth Clark


Olivia Taylor Dudley in The Magicians

Talk Shows

  • 2017

    Last Call with Carson Daly

    Role: Guest

  • 2015–2016

    Noches con Platanito

    Role: Guest

  • 2015

    Made in Hollywood

    Role: Guest


Olivia Taylor Dudley in CSI: Miami

Olivia Dudley’s personal life and family

Olivia Taylor Dudley’s personal life has seen her embark on a significant 5-year relationship with American director and screenwriter Evan Glodell. Their love story and subsequent breakup were poignantly portrayed in Glodell’s film “Bellflower.” Currently, she is happily involved with cinematographer Elie Smolkin, and the couple shares their lives with two adorable dogs. In her free time, the actress finds solace and joy in horseback riding.

Olivia Dudley now

Olivia Dudley continues her acting journey with fervor, actively exploring new projects, particularly in the horror genre. Since 2019, she has been captivating audiences in the TV series “Nancy Drew.” In 2022, Olivia’s talent took center stage in the film “Crawlspace,” which premiered to widespread acclaim in the spring. Moreover, she now embraces the role of a producer and stars as the lead character in the highly anticipated film “Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls.”

Published: July 27, 2023
Updated: July 22, 2024